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Offshore oil platforms: Take It or Leave It

3 days ago

The oil platforms off the Santa Barbara coast are a familiar sight to local residents. The structures tower…
Easy prey: The largest bears in the world use small streams to fatten up on salmon

December 23, 2019

It’s a familiar scene to anyone who’s watched footage of brown bears catching sockeye salmon in Alaska: They’re…
Resident orcas’ appetite likely reason for decline of big Chinook salmon

December 20, 2019

Killer whales prefer to eat only the biggest, juiciest Chinook salmon they can find. The larger the fish,…
How Can Data Help Us Stop Insect Extinction?

December 19, 2019

It’s hard to go through day-to-day life without hearing something about the loss of our world’s most magnificent…
Early warning: Ecological screening looks to preserve Sandhills, native ecosystems

December 19, 2019

A late diagnosis can mean cardiac arrest, inoperable cancer, suicide. But early detection offers time to potentially reverse…
Giant underwater waves keep corals cool

November 28, 2019

Surfers aren’t the only ones living for good waves. Coral reefs throughout the Pacific Ocean may be staying…
Changes in oxygen concentrations in our ocean can disrupt fundamental biological cycles

November 26, 2019

New research led by scientists at the University of Bristol has shown that the feedback mechanisms that were…
Scientists have Discovered a Place on Earth with no Biological Life

November 25, 2019

Despite its oft-celebrated flexibility and resilience, life is obviously not present at every point in the known Universe…
Something old, something new in the Ocean’s blue

November 20, 2019

Microbiologists at the Max Planck Institutes in Marburg and Bremen have discovered a new metabolic process in the…
ARS Finds Added Value in Seeds that Restore Damaged Habitats

November 20, 2019

A national collection of plant seeds, now used to restore degraded habitats, could also be tapped for other…
Some small mammals undeterred by industrial activity, study shows

November 20, 2019

Two common species of small mammals are not significantly disturbed by industrial activity near their homes, according to…
Four ways to curb light pollution, save bugs

November 19, 2019

Artificial light at night negatively impacts thousands of species: beetles, moths, wasps and other insects that have evolved…
Unevenly distributed plankton activity

November 18, 2019

An international research consortium with ETH participation demonstrates that marine plankton is more diverse in warm oceans than…
Researchers find nature’s backup plan for converting nitrogen into plant nutrients

November 18, 2019

Atmospheric nitrogen is not directly usable by most living things. In nature, specialized microbes in soils and bodies…
Human Activities Are Drying Out the Amazon: NASA Study

November 6, 2019

A new NASA study shows that over the last 20 years, the atmosphere above the Amazon rainforest has…
The Hippo’s Hidden World

October 30, 2019

Humans and hippopotamuses have shared the watersheds and savannahs of Africa for hundreds of thousands of years. Yet…
Fish more tolerant than expected to low oxygen events

October 22, 2019

Fish may be more tolerant than previously thought to periods of low oxygen in the oceans, new research shows.…
How Antarctic krill fertilise the oceans and even store carbon – all with their poo

October 22, 2019

Krill are best known as whale food. But few people realize that these small, shrimp-like creatures are also…
Mapping global biodiversity change

October 21, 2019

A new study, published in Science, which focuses on mapping biodiversity change in marine and land ecosystems shows…
Monarch parasite uses strategy to spread infection

October 21, 2019

North American monarch butterflies are famous for their long-distance migrations, but in recent decades some monarchs have established resident…
Interactive map shows nature’s contributions to people

October 11, 2019

Nature supports people in critical ways, often at a highly local level. A wild bee buzzes through a…
Ocean tipping points research launched

October 10, 2019

Scientists from around the world have come together to take on new research into tipping points in our…
Big data reveals extraordinary unity underlying life’s diversity

October 8, 2019

The diversity of life is staggering. From microscopic algae to elephants, life has devised countless ways to thrive…
Scientists assess storage value in blue carbon ecosystems

October 2, 2019

When Hurricane Dorian roared up the East Coast during the first week of September, the places where people live…
Microbes in the soil help protecting plants from diseases

September 27, 2019

Gut microbes in humans are very important. They participate in our immune system, making us more resilient to…
Ocean acidification and hypoxia plan outlines Oregon’s commitment to addressing climate impacts

September 26, 2019

Oregon has a new roadmap for addressing rising ocean acidification and hypoxia – two climate change-induced conditions that…
Hoary bat numbers declining at rate that suggests species in jeopardy in Pacific Northwest

September 12, 2019

The hoary bat, the species of bat most frequently found dead at wind power facilities, is declining at…
Tree cover is not enough for sustainable development, a global map of forests naturalness is also needed

September 6, 2019

Global forest status assessments are biased toward tree cover and do not properly consider ecological properties of forest…
Breakdown in Coral Spawning Places Species at Risk of Extinction

September 6, 2019

Coral reefs are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems on our planet. But due to climate change…
In the Seattle lab, the team cultured 36 species of marine microbes and then tested their ability to produce sulfonates. Each phytoplankton type has its own unique set of pigments that absorb and reflect different wavelengths of light, creating the range of colors in the test tubes. Image credit: Bryndan Durham/University of Washington
New study tracks sulfur-based metabolism in the open ocean

September 5, 2019

One of the planet’s most active ecosystems is one most people rarely encounter and scientists are only starting…
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